by John Viril—
After 28 games, the Kansas City Royals stand a gratifying 17-11. The good start is largely due to GM Dayton Moore’s successful (so far) reconstruction of the starting pitching staff. Royals starters rank 7th in MLB with an ERA of 3.56 and 8th in xFIP with 3.68. This result represents a massive jump from the 2012 staff’s no. 26 ranking and 5.01 staff ERA.
Kudos Dayton Moore.
Yet, with the good start comes added scrutiny. Dayton Moore cannot continue to tolerate substandard performances on a team that has shown it has a chance to contend. He needs to start thinking about how he can patch the holes on his roster. The problem areas reside in his starting lineup.
While both 3B Mike Moustakas and 1B Eric Hosmer have struggled early this season, the Royals are committed to these two cornerstone prospects. Either their scouts are right about them—or they are wrong—but the Royals cannot cheat themselves of finding out if Hosmer and Moustakas can become the middle-of-the-order ...